The Mersey Beatles, Palace Theatre, Redditch
IT’S probably the most famous album cover in the world – four members of a pop group walking on a zebra crossing in Abbey Road, London.
Yet the music?
Abbey Road is regarded as one of the greatest records ever recorded, a disc which helped set the template of pop music for the next 50 years and still sounds incredibly fresh today.
The Mersey Beatles, Liverpool’s The Cavern’s own resident band, were in town for a concert marking the 50th anniversary of the album’s release, which they played in its entirety in the first half of the show.
There was genius in the air, but most of the audience just seemed to want to Twist And Shout, so while some of us wallowed in songs we hadn’t heard in some cases for decades, others chatted away incessantly or just grumbled.
But my goodness there were some great performances; ‘Paul’s’ singing on ‘Oh! Darling’ was knockout as was ‘John’s’ on ‘I Want You (She’s so Heavy)’ and who can knock George Harrison’s glorious ‘Something’ and ‘Here Comes the Sun’?